For first time, Calif. reports population decline. What about the Valley?

California’s first-ever population decline hasn’t surprised many. But how does it look in the San Joaquin Valley? We dug into the numbers.

Friday, the California Department of Finance announced that, according to its estimates, the Golden State saw its first population decline in its history.

The dip of 182,083 residents was largely driven by lagging birth rates, increased death rates, a continued decade-long exodus of residents out of the Golden State.


So how did population shifts look in the San Joaquin Valley? Look around your neck of the woods below:

Data: California Department of Finance year-over-year estimates, 2020-2021.

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